Monday, March 4, 2013

Life in Black and White

Wishful thinking... I sometimes would hope that life was black and white, expectations clearly defined, people straightforward, work and pleasure in balance. In retrospect, such perfect life if not utopia, might actually be a little dull. I really am not trying to complicate my life but it seems so chaotic, so demanding, that at times, I seem to have lost a sense of priority or importance. I have always been an entrepreneur at heart, risk taker, traveller but lately I have been prioritizing work and the responsibility of business above all. Do I remain true to myself and do go on my planned trip to Africa, hiking in Botswana, sleeping under the stars, swimming and forgetting about the world in Mozambique... or attend to the constant need of my business. Shall I be reckless or wise?....

Meanwhile, lets imagine a perfect Black and White beautiful world...

How I love the Royal Mansour in Marrakech!

The Cocoon room I designed for Showtime...the ultimate dark retreat

Love Betty Wasserman designs...good client of Interieurs

Eclectic style 

The master of Eclectic...Alex Vervoordt

Intimate dining...intimidating?

Minimalist bedroom 

Fabulous chandelier

My dream home by Jacqueline Morabito

I would call this "black Rococo"

Pure modern elegance

Dark thoughts in the morning?

White by Jacqueline Morabito

When your mood is dark..

Are you more of a "noir" or "blanc" ?

A bientôt,


all images from my Pinterest

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  1. Very difficult to find a balance between living life and life living us, especially when one is self employed. We look forward to your adventures and hope you find the perfect time to see more of the world.

  2. Dear Francine,

    Thank you so much for you kind thoughts on my post. I also hope you know that I am here anytime at or call me 913-638-5171.

    It is Interesting that if I am in a dark place; I actually need sunshine and light colors. That will usually bring me some peace to push through the pain.

    Love and Hugs

    Art by Karena

  3. Francine, in a way this could have been really interesting for the BIO post! Our dream worlds are never where we think they are. :)

  4. I have always liked black and white - although I can't wear them very well together (I have red hair, and it just looks bad - although I can carry off just black).

    The house I lived in during my teenage years was quite contemporary, and had a lot of black and white going on - stark white walls, black octagon tiles in the entry, black toilet in the powder room (I have a fondness for black toilets because of this, and the black toilets in the other contemporary house I lived in when I was in elementary school).

    I find myself gravitating to pen and ink sketches and Japanese calligraphy these days, I think because I enjoy the crisp contrast of black and white.

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I wrote a response over there.

    - Holly

  5. These images are stunning, Francine! I really love the elegance and coziness of the dark rooms, and the room you designed is fabulous!
    Happy Tuesday.

  6. I have always loved black and white or white on white. I once had a friend do a white on white wall paper book. Royal handprints Brooklyn NY.
    That house you love looks like Georgia OKeefe.
    Pretty post.

  7. Black & white - one of my favorite combinations, stunning pics Elle

  8. Love the Marrakesh image their design and architecture is so beautiful! Francine funny you should write this post I have just written about 'what makes me happy'! I think for a true happiness we need a balance of work and pleasure to have a healthy lifestyle.....Hope you start to plan your dream trip to Africa xxx Carla

  9. Love all this!!!!! The minimalist bedroom, the Leather French chairs with that fabulous floor lamps, and Alex Verdoort.......... Nice selection Francine....... Maryanne ( and if you can afford to go to Mosambizue and it makes you happy do it..... xo

  10. Those laser cut walls at the hotel are simply divine!!! I fabricated an entire damask wall out of sheet metal for a club I designed but wall to wall white is really just heavenly! Pinning as we speak :D

    Thank you for the blog visit love! Hope to see you back soon!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  11. I definitely tend towards blanc, but love a little contrasting shot of noir with it!
    If you include Cape Town in your Africa trip and would like some tips, please do email me.
    And if you get to Mocambique I will be green with envy! It's one of the most memorable places I've been to.


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